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The Case For Caicedo



Young Felipe Caicedo has led City's forward line alone with increasing regularity and bagged some important goals for the club...

Still only 20 years old, the muscular young Ecuadorian who joined City from FC Basle in January 2008 has taken a lot of stick throughout his 25 game Citizens career but the Eastlands faithful have been steadily warming to the lad's head down, hard working efforts.

This season, Caicedo has started 14 games for The Blues with 11 substitute appearances and has bagged 7 goals along the way. No mean feat for a young inexperienced player. He's had a steep learning curve.

Today's Premier League players are absolute athletes and strikers in particular have to be able to handle sizeable physical batterings and run and run. Caicedo has the size to do that and has done so, but his raw talents must be honed.

City manager Mark Hughes was fulsome of his praise for Big Cass this week:

'Felipe has done okay. He found it difficult initially but has come in and shown an eye for a goal.

'People forget how young he is. We have had strikers at the club this year who have been light in terms of experience and age.

'They have benefited from the opportunities they have had this year. Felipe certainly has potential but he is not the finished article yet.'

This correspondent would go so far as to say that out of the young strikers Sparky has given opportunities to such as Jo, Ched Evans and the questionably advised Daniel Sturridge, only 22 year old Valeri Bojinov and Caicedo have shown the most endeavour and the will to win.

Sturridge, spotted driving away from Eastlands before kick off last Sunday would do well to take that fact on board.

At a time when European football's eyes are focused upon whom Manchester City will sign next, particularly up front, Mark Hughes should make a point of holding on to Caicedo in an effort to see if he can bring the lad on alongside an incoming experienced striker.

I have a gut feeling that if City persevere with the hard working Caicedo, and if Hughes can cut himself loose of his one up front mindset, The Blues could well have a powerful gem on their hands that could save the club a lot of loot in the coming years.

If the City gaffer can also ensure that the talented tough as old boots Bojinov sticks around, then all the better for the squad's attacking options in the next campaign and who knows, we can begin to develop our very own galactico's.

There'll be no harm in aiming that high.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 26 2009

Time: 3:00AM

Your Comments

Oh, Caicedo's terrible. You should sell him to Fulham for cheap. Or, loan him out to a club that finished above you this season. Oh, I don't know... someone like uummm...Fulham, for instance.
Samboney
Hodgson's worked wonders at your place, Sam. Fully merited and deserved European qualification. You are going to need a much bigger squad for those extra games next season. By November we had only 18 available senior players to take to Schalke. We lost 8 out of 13 PL games after a Thursday night UEFA fixture. Ouch!
Johnny Baguette
The lad has a lot of potential .....I just think he needs to gain a few more yards of pace as he always looks to lumber around rather than run and if some one could give him a sat nav for his birthday he may be able to stay onside a bit more .....all round bags of potential
Doody
At last beginning to show why so many of Europe's top clubs were sniffing around him. Undoubtedly still raw, but will have benefitted immensely from this season and will continue to improve. Here's to Big Cass, future City legend!
fifthcolumnblue
Whoever we sign will not matter to other players at the club. City do not need to raise cash by selling anyone. So I think Mark Hughes will loan these young diamonds out for a season. A no lose situation.
jackblue
Is this the larger/stronger version of the Goat I see on the horizon? Feed the Cass? It doesn't quite have the same ring to it...
BlueWolfie
Caicedo has potential, good professional and great attitude. He is raw, but each season you can see an improvement. It would be stupid to sell him because city could have a potential carew or kenwyn jones on theirs hands in a few years. Id rather keep caicedo for the ungrateful sturridge.
enzo city
Good points all round. With Benjani, Vassell, Jo and almost certainly Sturridge goners, and quite possibly Evans too, then I think Caicedo is a dead cert to stay. We need some continuity amongst the players as well as in the management team. Be interesting to see how Cass develops with all the state of the art training facilities the Chairman is sorting out.
Johnny Baguette
He definately deserves a lot of praise. Not only has he got a fair haul of goals, but he has done so in a position with a huge amount of pressure for such an inexperienced player. He has certainly repaid the faith from Hughes and the fans appreciate his success. He definately has a big future in football if he continues his rapid development. Well done Cas!
eighthsin
I hope Caicedo is given more time at City; isn't he just 20-years-old? I suppose it would be important to know how long his contract is for... But he looks a better bet than Ched Evans to me.
Sindbad
Caicedo is young, no argument. It has been commented he is still learning , but can he learn enough. The facts that are (not opinion). His control leaves a lot to be desired. He does not seem to understand what staying onside is. His passing is awful .Now these alone are the very basics of football. These ( not the scoring part) are all instilled into a young player in his early teens if not younger. I will say that against Bolton he looked good for most of first half, but fell away second half.His goal however was a goal that any striker could have scored....training ground play(?) Looked good/hollywood goal. Now lets get to the part where he has fluffed loads of opportunities.Easy tap-ins, mis-read a move, been caught off-side, not getting back from a run ,meaning that the move broke down because he would have been off-side, not passing, not seeing his own players, and the number of times when defending he heads a ball like a striker should, down into the ground instead of height and distance if heading to one of your own players is not on. Now these are basics. Oh and supposedly scoring a reasonable number of goals??? Harsh ...yes but untrue? No ! I have no idea of some(?) of Hughes plans, but it baffles me as to why Bojinov is/was not used more in the last few games.His fitness was improving, needed more time on the pitch ! His control and passing is without doubt far far superior to Caicedos, his ability to keep possesion and not be bundled off the ball is also far superior to Caicedos. His vision , what we saw of it is also a class above,and his linking play is superior. His goal against Spurs was indeed a class finish, most palyers (anywhere) would have had a swipe at the ball, but he cooly side footed it into the top left of the goal ,also on the volley. I can omnly imagine that Bojinov is not in the lone striker mold. Neither is Caicedo !!!!! Why we persist with this is baffling.
garryrob
 

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